I have come to understand creativity for my own purposes, as an expression that grows from intuitive awareness of yourself, in relation to everything around and within you. Regarding the painting above, I have woken up to this painting everyday since its completion in February. For all intents and purposes, this work was complete. However, as time went, and I continued to wake up to the same view, considering it, I started to see more potential. Not just that though, the potential for the work grew as I grew in my own awareness. I've put a lot of time lately into becoming very still before beginning my day and at the end of day, to relax mind and body to develop my creative perception.
Recently, there has been a culmination of my practice of creating, along with the practice of personal awareness and stillness. Curiously enough, as I washed my hair this morning, a hair splashed onto the shower wall and in that moment I saw the opportunity for an archetypal form that I could work with - A representation of human presence without reference to race, that could integrate into the scene without taking over as as an intrusive form. Although, other persistent ideas had come to me over the mornings, this one was the one that inspired me to proceed. Then the whole process became aligned in purpose.
I had some inspirational talk radio on in the background as I worked, when my attention was caught by four words, "Reflect, Intuit, Act, Lead" (spoken by Ann Hentz, a guest on that particular talk show). I had a special unopened tube of bronze paint I bought in Vancouver last spring, those words in the moment, and that idea of inspiration to see the work as in progress, when the painting came together purposefully to resolve itself.